Road Trip to Arizona/Utah

 

What do you do when you go through a quarantine break up of a 5 relationship? Well, I moved into my own place and immediately went on a road trip with one of my best friends to Page, Arizona. 

If you're anything like my friend Ana and I, we are very organized adventurers people. By that I mean, our trips will most likely involve some sort of itinerary to refer to throughout the trip. 

 

DAY 1:

Our first day started off on a Friday at 5:30am. We got on the road, loaded up on gas, and picked up some Starbucks to get the trip started. We started our trip in Riverside, CA and our plan was to drive to the Grand Canyon. With some stops along the way, we knew it would take us about 8 hours to arrive. Besides food/gas station breaks, we decided to stop at Bedrock City. Bedrock City is an abandoned Flintstones-themed amusement park and RV park at the corner of Arizona State Route 64 and U.S. Route 180 near the Grand Canyon in Arizona. 

 

From the Flintstones park to the Grand Canyon was only about an hour and a half so we had a bit more coffee to feel energized. 

We finally arrived to the Grand Canyon at around 2pm. The feeling I had when I set my eyes on it was FREEDOM. It's amazing how full you can feel being in nature after a break up. It's the best place to reconnect with yourself and soak the beauty this world has to offer. 

 

 After exploring at the Grand Canyon Nation Park, we checked in to the Best Western View of Lake Powell Hotel. We decided to just grab dinner and get some rest to get an early start the next day. 

 

DAY 2:

Our second day was the busiest and most physical day because we did some hiking and drove to Monument Valley. 

The first thing on our list after breakfast was visiting Horseshoe Bend. Horseshoe Bend was very easy to get to because it was a short nature walk from the parking lot to the view point. 

 

 

 

After visiting Horseshoe Bend, we made our way to another hike, Hanging Garden which is a 1-mile hiking loop in Glen Canyon leading to a luxuriant garden nestled in the mesa's sandstone.

 

 

After a long morning/afternoon, we made our way back to the Hotel to freshen up and grab lunch before our drive to Monument Valley. With how fast the time was passing, we realized we would be able to make it to Monument Valley before the Sunset. 

If you visit Monument Valley AFTER the pandemic, you will be able to tour and actually make it inside the landmark park. Unfortunately, this was not an option during our trip because Monument Valley is on Native American land which has strictly been closed due to Covid-19. 

DAY 3

On our last day we decided to keep it chill so we wouldn't be too tired during our long drive back the next day. All we did was a short hike in the morning and then found an amazing spot to spend literally the entire afternoon in the water. It was called The Chains Swim Spot in Lake Powell. The reason why they call it The Chains is because there is a large chain in the lake to prevent boats from getting too close to the water dam. 

What to do AFTER the Pandemic

Something we unfortunately were not able to do was visit Antelope Canyon because again, it is on Native American land.